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I Don't Like Ike

Today is set to be the third straight day of rain. Since Friday, we've been treated to variations such as: sprinkle, shower, damp, pouring, can't see anything. The sun has not been seen since late afternoon on Thursday. Everything has been sticky. Clothes haven't dried (this is partially because the clothes dryer in the laundry room ate my dollar and then didn't actually run), though I think that my black skirt, which I hung up on Thursday morning, might be approaching a point where I can stick it in the closet tonight.

Although Chicago sometimes produces a late-summer monsoon, I tend to lay some of the blame for this at the feet of Hurricane Ike. Mom Pony said that the effects were supposed to reach as far as New England, which is pretty rare for a hurricane, and we're closer to the Texas coast than that.

At least the storm drains seem to be working. They don't always do that. There was one memorable monsoon, either in 2000 or 2001, when my neighborhood on the North Side flooded because the storm drains didn't. I took a change of clothes, a bath towel, and my nice slippers to work with me, since one tends to have to change clothes after walking three blocks to the el in rain the strength of a bathroom shower while wading through floodwaters up to one's knees. That was special. Particularly when the HR lady saw me in my perfectly nice ballerina-style slippers and snidely asked where my shoes were. I just pointed her to the two sodden lumps of sandal-shaped leather drying on a radiator along with my first outfit, and she got this horrified "oops, sorry I asked" look on her face and didn't ask me anything else for the rest of the day.

ETA: Apparently, Chicago has gotten so much rain that the city has petitioned for a state declaration of disaster. Check it out! The North Side is happily flooding away. Especially amusing: the all-time flooding record that was set in 1987 that we've just broken? I think I was in Chicago for that. I was almost eleven, or maybe I'd just turned eleven. Dad Pony took me and Little Sister Pony out to visit our grandparents. But O'Hare was flooded, and Dad Pony had to wade out and help the cab driver extract the cab from the floodwaters. Good times, good times.

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berzerker_prime
Sep. 14th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're getting that rain up here. And while I was falling in and out of sleep to the Weather Channel this morning, they said that what we're getting, today, is actually the remnants of Ike. We got the remnants of Gustav a couple weeks ago, too.

Got that article you sent, BTW. Both me and the 'rents enjoyed it muchly! Thanks! :-)
frenchpony
Sep. 14th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I think we got the remnants of Gustav, too. Right after I got back from Dan's funeral, it poured for three days, just like it's doing now.

I'm glad you liked the article. I wish I could have been in Stratford for the actual performance, but I guess reading about it in the TLS is the next best thing, since the TLS has such an entertaining style all on its own.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Today is set to be the third straight day of rain.

Well.

Imagine that.

It must be awful.
frenchpony
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Your rain produces the Emerald Isle. Our rain produces floods and mud swamps.
elliska
Sep. 15th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. We still have roads closed from flood waters that haven't gone down after Fay. It's getting really old. And what really sucks is that the water is heavy and it's making sink holes, which means the roads will be closed even longer after the water finally evaporates.
frenchpony
Sep. 15th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Most of the flooding in Chicago seems to have happened along the river and along the major expressways. The Albany Park neighborhood was hit pretty hard -- check it out -- but Hyde Park didn't flood. We got real wet down here, and I think there's some water damage in my ceiling, so I have to get the janitor to take a look at that, but we don't have a branch of the river, and the lake is contained by walls this far south.

By the way, Dad Pony just confirmed that the flood I remember from going to Chicago to visit my grandparents was indeed the previous record-holder of 1987. Good times, good times.
meggins
Sep. 15th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
I wish we could have some of your rain, first, to lessen your burden, and second, because we could use it. We've had an extended dry spell and the expected relief from Hanna didn't happen. She merely spit on us while passing through.
frenchpony
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Seems like the places that need the rain worst never get it, and people elsewhere get floods. I would gladly have shipped some of Saturday's rain to you.
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